Kinahan cartel member Liam Byrne moves between UK safehouses in fear of police as relationship with gangster ally sours
PARANOID Kinahan cartel member Liam Byrne is on the move in the UK, the Irish Sun can reveal.
The hood – who runs the Byrne Organised Crime Group – has been moving between safe houses in Birmingham, London and Liverpool over fears he will be arrested by the National Crime Agency.
And we can also reveal his relationship with cartel lieutenant Sean McGovern has soured over McGovern’s determination to remain with mob boss Daniel Kinahan in Dubai.
It’s understood Byrne feels isolated after another associate he was close to was linked to a huge drug smuggling operation in the UK and because of McGovern’s stay in the UAE. McGovern has vowed to remain in Dubai after it emerged he was a “person of interest” by gardai probing the 2016 murder of innocent dad Noel ‘Duck Egg’ Kirwan.
We can also reveal Byrne has refused to return to Ireland over fears he will be whacked by criminals or arrested by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau for directing an organised crime gang.
Our revelations come after Byrne declined to attend a family event two weeks ago.
A Crumlin resident told us: “Liam Byrne is extremely paranoid at the moment because the only people he has for support are his family.
“All of the people who gave him muscle in the past are either in jail or in exile.
“Byrne and McGovern were once inseparable but they haven’t been speaking in a long time because they’re now leading different lives.
“Liam is convinced that he’s going to be next to be arrested and that’s why he is constantly moving around.
“There’s not much love for him in Crumlin because of what he’s been involved in over the years.”
And as Byrne continues to remain in exile in the UK, we reveal new images of his former €1million home.
The property at Raleigh Square in Dublin’s south inner city remains boarded up after it was seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau under ‘Operation Lamp’. Although it is currently on the market for €350,000, Byrne spent €750,000 on revamping it since 2011.
Despite a gym, children’s play area, home cinema and bar previously being installed, the property is now in a dilapidated state after the High Court ruled in March that it was to be forfeited to CAB because it had been renovated “through the proceeds of crime”.
The lavish fit-out at the property also featured a hot tub, walk-in wardrobes, electronic gates, CCTV and state-of-the-art TVs.
There have been no offers for the property but the CAB is hopeful the house will be sold later this year and the proceeds given back to the exchequer.
With the cartel kingpin now gone from the area, the only members of the Byrne family who remain in the area are his parents, James and Sadie, who also live on Raleigh Square, and other extended family members in the Crumlin area.
Byrne’s former home is just one of the €65m worth of assets seized by CAB – now run by Det Chief Supt Michael Gubbin – in 2019.
Also included on the list are Sean McGovern’s home in Kildare Road in Crumlin and €250,000 in cash owned by Ballyfermot criminals Derek ‘Dee Dee’ O’Driscoll and David Reilly.
BIKES, HANDBAGS & A HORSE
And Finglas criminal Jason Boyle was another who lost his plush home after it was seized by CAB.
Other figures released in CAB’s annual report shows how 50 individuals and companies were hit with tax bills on assets worth €11m, €2.3m in social welfare payments stopped and €4m was also returned to the exchequer. During one operation against members of the Rathkeale Rovers gang, CAB seized 115 vehicles.
The major crime gangs targeted included the Kinahan mob, other major drugs gangs, rural gangs and street-level drug dealers.
The biggest amount frozen was €54m in Bitcoin seized from Crumlin drug dealer Clifton Collins. His empire was smashed after the High Court ruled that his 6,000 Bitcoins were obtained through the proceeds of crime.
When interviewed by investigators, the bachelor blamed his “stupidity and cannabis addiction” for his decision to produce home-made grass for some of Ireland’s most dangerous criminals.
He admitted that his “sole source of income was from the cultivation, sale and supply of cannabis” but the former security guard, 49, refused to name his customers.
Cops believe his products were sold to Byrne’s associates for €7,000 per kilo.
Other stats show how CAB was involved in 57 searches last year and made 31 Proceeds of Crime Applications before the High Court.